Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
After being poured into a tulip, a slight tan head sits atop an extremely brown body. The nose is way tamed from Xmas time. Dark chocolate and coffee are the dominant smells. The piney hops are there, but they are slight.
The taste is much improved from when this was fresh. The piney citrusy hops have left the stage, but not the building. Bitter, burnt, coffee flavors come first followed by chocolate. The hops show themselves at the end of the taste experience. Citrus and pine flavors, followed by a ripe fruitiness that I expect will show itself more with age.
The mouthfeel is thick, which is something that far too many Porters are missing, IMO. Drinkability is good, but 1 bomber is enough. I do prefer this fresh, but less than a year of age has done wonders for this one.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2005 09:51:15 | More by Sephiroth
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a murky brown-black with an enormous, thick khaki head that takes some time to recede.
S: Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, roasted grain, and kola nut vie for dominance against aromas of grass, herbs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and juniper berry.
T: The entry offers up notes of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla bean, leather, burnt toast, dried black cherry, kola nut, and roasted grain which are chased by flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, cedar, and juniper berry. The finish is slick and oily with a turbulent balance of roasted malt, bitter citrus, and pungent herb flavors.
M: Medium-bodied, slick, and silky. Carbonation is gentle and unobtrusive. All in all, this beer could stand to feature carbonation that is a little firmer, but this is a very minor qualm.
O: This is an excellent porter, one that expertly presents a balance of malt and hop aromas and flavors. I would recommend it highly to fans of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:13:26 | More by mrfrancis
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.